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By that, we don't mean what their elites say they think. Or what outside reporters guess are their opinions. It's not a free or open society. It doesn't have unrestricted media - quite the opposite. And it hasn't had elections for well over a decade.
So, as we keep saying in this blog, what Palestinian Arabs tell trusted fellow Palestinian Arabs who are professional opinion pollsters about the things they actually believe is a subject always worth revisiting. (The last time we did that was here: "04-Jun-19: What do Palestinian Arabs think?")
- Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since November 2004
- President of "State of Palestine" since May 2005
- Chairman of Fatah since 2009, conferring bonus leadership of Fatah's proliferating de facto terrorism wings: al-'Asifah, Force 17, Black September Organization, the Fatah Hawks, the Tanzim and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
It evidently doesn't occur to them that their own pretty strong opposition is, let's say, part of the problem. Not for the first time, we get the sense that in Palestinian Arab society, the population don't see themselves as causing things to happen. Rather, they're a people to whom things are done by others.
- "Armed struggle": 39% (which is slightly up on the number of three months earlier)
- "Reaching a peace agreement with Israel": 29%
- "Waging a non-violent resistance" (what they mean by this is unspecified): 14%
- "Keep the status quo": 15%.
- "Armed struggle": 47% (three points higher than three months ago)
- "Popular resistance": 20%
- "Negotiations": 26%
- "Popular non-violent resistance": 60%
- "A return to an armed intifada": 52%
- "Dissolving the PA": 42%
- "Abandoning the two-state solution and demanding the establishment of one state for Palestinians and Israelis": 28%
- Option 1: "To end Israeli occupation in the areas occupied in 1967 and build a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital": 44%
- Option 2: "To obtain the right of return of refugees to their 1948 towns and villages": 33%
- Option 3: "To build a pious or moral individual and a religious society, one that applies all Islamic teachings": 13%
- Option 4: "To establish a democratic political system that respects freedoms and rights of Palestinians": 9%
- "The continuation of occupation and settlement activities": 28%
- Poverty and unemployment: 26%
- "The spread of corruption in public institutions": 26%
- "The siege of the Gaza Strip": 17%
[This post, like a number of others before it, has been translated to Polish ("Co myślą palestyńscy Arabowie?") by courtesy of Malgorzata Koraszewska over on the Listy z naszego sadu website. Our sincere thanks to her, and great appreciation to readers of this blog in Poland.]